KLM UK Engineering
KLM UK Engineering is a leading regional aircraft and narrow bodied Maintenance Repair Organisation, wholly owned by the AFI KLM E and M Network.
The Company is based in Norwich, Norfolk and has been situated here for over 40 years and has been known under various names such as Air Anglia and Air UK, before being taken over by KLM in 1997.
The Company’s core business is heavy maintenance at its Norwich facility, but also carries out aircraft component sales, aircraft disassembly & recycling and has line stations throughout the UK. We have an onsite workshop providing services such as NDT, composite repairs, calibration and interior refurbishments and have an onsite technical training facility within the newly opened International Aviation Academy Norwich.
We are EASA Part145/147 & FAA Approved and hold other countries approvals & certificates, covering maintenance on Fokker 70/100, BAe146/Avro RJ’s, Embraer 170/190, Boeing 737 all series & Airbus A320 Family. Our customer base is worldwide ranging from Dublin to Dubai, through to Russia and as far as Australia and Canada.
The Company operates Lean Six Sigma principles which go hand in hand with our Safety Management System to operate a cohesive way of working which is both efficient and safe for our staff. Within the lean principles we encourage our staff to make suggestions for improving the way we work and have specific project teams to bring these improvements to life throughout the year. We recognise that the people carrying out the job can make the difference.
We employ highly skilled & dedicated people that make our business a success, with a total headcount approx 360 across the maintenance & support departments, which includes our technical college. Many staff have been with the company for over 15 years with our longest serving colleague at 43 years and believe in growing our own, which includes many management positions of all levels filled with ex-apprentices, as well as fresh faces with fresh ideas.
KLM UK Engineering has been training engineers for over 30 years in Norwich and has moved to a new facility within the recently opened International Aviation Academy – Norwich. This brand new purpose built facility, not only has classrooms & workshops for students, but houses a live Boeing 737 Classic Generation aircraft within the emulation zone, so students can get hands on. This new facility is located next to the maintenance hangars making it an inspirational place to work & study and is close to the main hub of the business.
We work in partnership with Colleges & Universities to deliver apprenticeships and degree programmes which incorporate EASA courses & B1.1 Licence. As well as this we offer initial & continuation training and aircraft type training courses. Over recent years we have developed a variety of online training courses which include EASA CAT A, B 1.1 & B2 Licence, Fuel Tank Safety, Human Factors, and Electrical Wiring Interconnect System (EWIS) and can be studied anywhere, anytime via our Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) which was launched a couple of years ago with great feedback from users.
Enhanced Learning Credits can be used towards our courses and an ELC claims form needs to be completed via the ELCAS website. Our ELCAS number is 4624.
The industry identified a worldwide shortage of aircraft engineers a few years ago and this skills gap needs to be filled. KLM UK Engineering is committed to and passionate about training the next generation of aviation engineers and has been key in promoting this and making it happen through its own apprenticeship scheme, degree programmes and retraining out of industry engineers. The Company also has a high percentage of ex-military staff and embraces their knowledge and skills across the hangars and in the support departments. The Company also supports the engineers through a night school to help gain licences while the engineers continue with the day job.